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Richard Rorty: A Pragmatist with a Romantic Soul

Richard Rorty: A Pragmatist with a Romantic Soul Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 8, No. 1 (June 2011), 21­33 Editions Rodopi © 2011 This article discloses the romantic source of many core terms in Rorty's vocabulary, including redescription, contingency, anxiety of influence, anti-authoritarianism, post-philosophical culture, and political culture. Although Rorty disagrees with Romanticism's indifference toward community, his revisionary pragmatism has a discernable romantic cast. We are now more able than Plato was to acknowledge our finitude ­ to admit that we shall never be in touch with something greater than ourselves. We hope instead that human life here on earth will become richer as the centuries go by because the language used by our remote descendants will have more resources than ours did. Our vocabulary will stand to theirs as that of our primitive ancestors stands to ours. Richard Rorty, "The Fire of Life" The aim of this paper is to demonstrate that Richard Rorty was much more committed to Romanticism than he was perhaps willing to admit. The weight Romanticism has for Rorty is related, among others things, to the central intellectual role he attributes to literacy criticism in our time. I would like to invite the reader to join me on a small journey with two http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Contemporary Pragmatism Brill

Richard Rorty: A Pragmatist with a Romantic Soul

Contemporary Pragmatism , Volume 8 (1): 21 – Apr 21, 2011

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© Copyright 2011 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1572-3429
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1875-8185
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10.1163/18758185-90000180
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Contemporary Pragmatism Vol. 8, No. 1 (June 2011), 21­33 Editions Rodopi © 2011 This article discloses the romantic source of many core terms in Rorty's vocabulary, including redescription, contingency, anxiety of influence, anti-authoritarianism, post-philosophical culture, and political culture. Although Rorty disagrees with Romanticism's indifference toward community, his revisionary pragmatism has a discernable romantic cast. We are now more able than Plato was to acknowledge our finitude ­ to admit that we shall never be in touch with something greater than ourselves. We hope instead that human life here on earth will become richer as the centuries go by because the language used by our remote descendants will have more resources than ours did. Our vocabulary will stand to theirs as that of our primitive ancestors stands to ours. Richard Rorty, "The Fire of Life" The aim of this paper is to demonstrate that Richard Rorty was much more committed to Romanticism than he was perhaps willing to admit. The weight Romanticism has for Rorty is related, among others things, to the central intellectual role he attributes to literacy criticism in our time. I would like to invite the reader to join me on a small journey with two

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Published: Apr 21, 2011

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